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Pheasant Hunters Still Active Despite Wet Season


The wet October weather puts a bit of a damper on this year's pheasant hunting season in North Dakota.

However, one town in the southwest part of the state still sees its loyal pheasant lovers.

Stephanie Scheurer takes us to Mott to see what's shaking at the Tailfeather Inn.

If you're a pheasant hunting enthusiast, Mott's the spot this time of the year for people from all across the country.

"The guys that just left this morning, some of them were my friends from New Mexico, some were friends that I met here last year from Montana, I got some more people coming in this week from Minneapolis, and next weekend from California," says Ron Carter, Caretaker of the Tailfeather Inn.

Mott promotes itself as the pheasant capital of North Dakota.

However, Ron says this season's heavy snow and rain makes hunting pheasant unpleasant.

"The streets are very muddy, the walking is muddy, and unfortunately for the farmers, the fields are muddy and they've been unable to gather all their crops," says Carter.

These standing crops are causing the pheasants to flock to where the food is.

Nevertheless, Ron's only seen a slight ruffling of feathers at the Tailfeather Inn.

"Way less than 20 percent that's just a guess on my part because the people that come the first two weeks, first three weekends of the year have been coming here for a long time. Repeats. And we've been booked solid for the first three weekends of the season," says Carter.

Ron and "Thee Dixie Rose" as he calls his companion, have been coming up to Mott from New Mexico to help run the Tailfeather Inn for the past three years.

...And of course, to hunt.

"Me and my dog, we can go hunt for a couple hours then come back around 12, one, two, whatever, because we're spoiled," says Carter.

"We did our potty training and our house training and everything here didn't we Dixie Rose?"

The Tailfeather Inn is only open for six weeks out of the year.

And Ron and Dixie are anxious to get in as much pheasant hunting as they can before heading back home.

In Mott for KX News, I'm Stephanie Scheurer.

The Tailfeather Inn is actually for sale right now.

Ron says it's up to the new owner if he can continue being the caretaker.

But no matter what, Ron says he and Dixie Rose will still come up to North Dakota every year to hunt.

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